The day has finally come. After sitting on a shelf for most of the last year and a half, my first foray into superhero literature is ready for the light of day. As always it is available from as many sites as I can manage, so take your pick!
(And more coming soon!)
For those of you who haven’t followed its development, The Other Eight started as a silly little game my friends and family would play. We would try to come up with the most useless superpowers possible. Then, back in 2012, I decided it might be fun to give NaNoWriMo a try. I knew I needed something disposable, just in case I failed or produced something that wasn’t worth reading. I dug through the cesspool of notes that I’ve accumulated over the years and turned up the hero list. It seemed like likely fodder. The Other Eight is the result.
What’s it about? Well, imagine if the armed forces, realizing that even the most pointless of super powers could have some value, decided to secretly recruit the best metahumans available. Now imagine that on day one of the recruitment drive, word of the hero search leaked to the press. Suddenly thousands of would-be heroes—underpowered but desperate for a chance to fight crime—comes knocking on Uncle Sam’s door. The Other Eight is about sixteen of these heroes vying for just eight spots on a final military roster. If it sounds like The Avengers meets American Idol, you’re pretty close.
It is by far my most comedic book, and it taught me quite a few things. For one, I have no idea what genre a superhero book is. I decided to skirt the issue entirely and list it as comedy and satire. Even back when I wasn’t sure if I was going to be releasing the book, I knew this had some real potential for great artwork, so I reached out to some of my favorite fan and professional artists and offered up early copies and info in exchange for character art. I’m a big fan of the result.
As a matter of fact, the art I got was so influential, I decided to include a Special Thanks section to the book to honor those who influenced the final design. Thanks again, Adam and Lily, for your excellent concept and design work!
For those of you who give it a try, I hope you like the story. For the rest of you, stay tuned for my next book announcement, which should be the release date and details of my steampunk novel, Free-Wrench.
Thanks for reading!
UPDATE: Check it out! Release Day Review!